Ozzfest Meets Knotfest: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca 11/4/17-11/5/17

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The 2017 edition of the metal festival Ozzfest Meets Knotfest proved to be one for the books. Two days of pure in-your-face metal. The San Manuel Amphitheater was packed both days with metal fanatics and people looking to have a good time now that the year was coming close to an end. Both days were stacked with metal bands ready to thrust their way into your ears and fans were more than ready to mosh and drink lots of beer. Day one was ... Read More

The Arkells Get Their Thrill At Blueberry Hill – 11/04/2017

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  To be honest here I really don't know a lot about the Arkells and it's too early and I'm too lazy to google stuff to add here. What I do know is this, they played Lollapalooza last year, they are getting some radio air time, and they were playing a 300 person capacity room. When you can find a band who is playing major festivals, getting air time, and playing a small venue do yourself a favor and GO! As I told ... Read More

Lords Of Acid, Club Red Mesa

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For nearly 30 years, Belgian post-industrial techno group Lords of Acid have been bringing sex and sexy to urban nightlife. Lead by original founding member Praga Khan still on lead keyboard, the Lords came to Mesa, AZ as part of their Sextreme Fest Tour 2017. In true Lords form, complete with rocking live instrumentals and blow up dolls, the Lords rocked the Club Red house to a not only a venue packed with EDM fans, but also a stage line-up of ear ... Read More

In This Moment: Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, Ca 10/25/17

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In This Moment is a metal band from Los Angeles, California. On July 21, 2017, the band released their sixth album, Ritual. Just the day before, In This Moment was part of the Loudwire 2017 Music Awards where they received an award from the Century Media record label for their fourth record Blood which was now certified gold after reaching more than 500,000 in record sales. In This Moment is currently out in support for the new album and announced a tour ... Read More

Interview with Erie Loch from Dark Synth Futurepop duo WICCID

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Veteran Sacramento songwriter and performer Erie Loch discusses his creative processes, the evolution of IT in the music industry, and his new futurepop project WICCID along with many of his collaborations over the years with such artists as Prong, Ministry, Pop Will Eat Itself, Lords Of Acid, and many more. You can hear the By Design album on Spotify and download the album from Bandcamp. WICCID appears on the Sextreme Fest 2017 tour with Lords of Acid, En Esch, and Combichrist.   [embed]https://youtu.be/xXwsGRYHvVY[/embed] Check out the WICCID "Torn" single ... Read More

Overkill at Club Red Mesa (9/22/2017)

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When you "put your nose to the grind stone", you are making a statement about the efforts and ethics of your endeavors. When you're "back to the grind", it means you're working hard. And when you release more albums than any other metal band in your class and consistently toured for nearly 40 years, and you've earned the right to call your 18th studio album The Grinding Wheel. In support of this, their 2017 album release, Overkill appears as the top act on the ... Read More

Scorpions and Megadeth: The Forum – Inglewood, Ca 10/7/17

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German heavy metal legends Scorpions and thrash metal legends Megadeth teamed up for the Crazy World tour. Both bands have different styles of music, they still attract almost the same fan base. The Forum in Inglewood, California was on fire as the venue filled up quickly even before Megadeth was set to take the stage. Whether it was the first time fans were seeing Megadeth or not, they were about to see one of the best metal bands of all time.   Megadeth released ... Read More

An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/8/17

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An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind - 10/8/2017 Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks This summer, we covered Third Eye Blind as they trekked through America on the 'Summer Gods' tour. That tour was in support of a record that is actually still being worked on. Fast forward to the Eve of Indigenous Peoples Day and the boys are back in my area. Well sort of my area. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is tonight's swanky venue where my girlfriend ... Read More

Invidia (ex Skinlab, 5FDP) at Club Red, Mesa (9/22/2017)

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From Las Vegas, NV comes nu-metal's latest collaboration of artists, Invidia. Originally fronted by current In This Moment bass player Travis Johnson, Invidia brings to the stage ex-Skinlab guitars Brian Jackson and Marcos Medina, and ex-Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell. Although the  band enjoyed some brief initial success, Travis Johnson's decision to leave abruptly to honor his commitment with In This Moment caught Invidia off guard just before their tour began, leaving them searching frantically for a new singer. While it ... Read More

Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel 9/12/2017

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Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring - 09/12/2017 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Photos/Videos/Words - Jay Porks   School has begun, the leaves are changing and as we wind down to the first days of Autumn we take a step back to enjoy the remaining hours of the Summer. You know what spells Summertime? PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Sublime w/ Rome and The Offspring. The lawn is where the party is at tonight and thanks to that crazy Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster ... Read More

A Kihnterview With Greg Kihn

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Greg will be fondly remembered as an 80's music icon for his two catchy, chart-topping hits, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) in 1981 and the 1983 smash single, “Jeopardy,” which charted #2 on the Billboard Top 100. Kihn recently released his newest album, Rekihndled, his first new album in 21 years. As you can tell, Greg Kihn made a habit of releasing album titles using puns with his own name and some of those albums include: Kihnspiracy, Next of Kihn, ... Read More

Foreigner: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/30/17

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Rock legends Foreigner are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary tour. For this special occasion, they played nothing but the biggest hits from their 40-year career. Since the band's creation, only founding member, guitarist, and songwriter Mick Jones remains the only original member on the lineup. Handling vocals since 2005 has been ex-Hurricane singer, Kelly Hansen. Foreigner is known to have a huge fan base in Southern California and to further prove that, the Greek Theatre show had sold out ahead of time. ... Read More

Dying Fetus and The Black Dahlia Murder: The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/12/17

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  The 2017 edition of the Summer Slaughter tour had a variety of metal for everyone's taste. For the most part, this year primarily had metalcore bands with a few death metal bands higher up on the bill. This year saw the tour being headlined by melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and just before them were the death metal legends, Dying Fetus. A show like this was perfect for a Saturday and plenty of metalheads showed up to let off ... Read More

Behemoth and Lamb of God: The Forum – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/5/17

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Behemoth is a blackened death metal band from Poland. Prior to the beginning of the tour, the band's drummer Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński stayed home as he was about to become a father to his second child. As a fill in, Behemoth called upon ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice to take over drum duties for this tour.  The lights went out and the already packed Forum erupted into a roar as Behemoth was about to make their way to the ... Read More

Gojira and Oni: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 8/2/17

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French progressive metal band Gojira released their newest album Magma in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring for the album. On this tour, they made a surprise stop in Ventura County in Southern California.  On this tour, they brought with them Oni and Pallbearer. Even when Oni came on stage, the venue was just under halfway full since it was a Wednesday. Oni came out and started delivering their signature progressive metal sound that made them who they are. With guitarists ... Read More

Rise Against at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (7/9/2017)

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Arizona? Oh, yeah....we go wayyyyy back. For several years, Chicago-based punk band Rise Against refused to play shows in Arizona in protest of Senate Bill 1070, which was a piece of controversial legislation passed in 2010 that segregated citizens' rights according to ethnicity. In 2012, the prejudicial law which required law enforcement to arbitrarily violate Mexican-Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and demand on-the-spot citizenship documentation was challenged, and Rise Against appeared at Mesa Amphitheater shortly after. Many artists were part of this state boycott, refusing to ... Read More

Iron Maiden in Phoenix, AZ (6/28/2017)

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As the Golden Age of music draws to a close, we are constantly saddened by the frequent passing of not only our favorite musicians, but the musicians who made the music what it is. They were the dreamers and the game changers. As the twilight falls around us, the magic ages. After decades of touring, many of those bands we coveted as kids are slowly winking out, losing their exuberance to age, health, and change. But there is one band who defies the ... Read More

Ghost at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

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Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost, opened for Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix AZ on Wednesday, June 28.  Referring to themselves as "the clergy", their 2016 single, "Cirice", landed them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. In January 2017, Ghost became the first Swedish heavy metal band to ever peak the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with their Popestar single release "Square Hammer", which opened the show with its iconic Munster-esque organ anthem reverberating through the rafters. Taking the stage ... Read More

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 6/25/2017 Festival Pier @ Penns Landing, Philly

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Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups – 06/25/2017 Festival Pier @ Penns Landing – Philadelphia, PA Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks The Summer Gods Tour rolls on into Philly in what was an almost perfect Sunday for the beach. This tour came through the PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday and for a video heavy recap you can just hover over this sentence and click to check it out. That venue that's been featured in several concert confessions. Tonight it's Festival Pier @ Penns Landing in Philly. Penns Landing is ... Read More

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 06/23/2017 @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups - 06/23/2017 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks Third Eye Blind have kicked off a tour in celebration of 20 years since the release of their self titled debut record. Billed as The Summer Gods Tour, Stephan Jenkins and Co. have enlisted very special guests the Silversun Pickups. Roughly two weeks into the trek, the tour makes a stop off in Dirty Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Silversun Pickups went on early. We barely were ... Read More

Davey Suicide Returns To Mesa 6/16/2017

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For three days, now, there has been a song stuck in my head. All day long I hear, "She's got the eyyyyyyyyes of an angellllll....". It happens every time I come home from a Davey Suicide show. The more I get to know them, the more I like them, and it's not just THAT song that sticks in my head. After the show, I had the chance to pick up their latest album Made From Fire, and there are quite a few catchy tunes ... Read More

Interview with Doyle & Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

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Blackest of the Black: Oak Canyon Park – Silverado, Ca 5/26/17-5/27/17

Categories: Festivals, Reviews

The 2017 edition of the Blackest of the Black Festival was held in the mountain area of Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. The festival is the brain child of Misfits' legendary frontman Danzig and always proves to have a variety of metal bands to suit everyone's needs.  This festival was two days of pure madness from every corner and was a great way to start Memorial Day weekend. Day one featured some of the more popular metal bands today and was started ... Read More

MMRBQ 2017: Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

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WMMR 93.3 FM is Philly is a rarity in this time: A terrestrial radio station with a rock format. Every year they put on the MMRBQ, a summer show in Camden, NJ. This year's lineup features Godsmack, LĪVE, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons and Dinosaur Pileup. It's an all day event, with doors opening at 12 I believe. Excuse my tardiness tonight as there isn't a bus that goes the full three hours from Staten Island to ... Read More

Meat Puppets w/ Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show and Grant Hart – Brooklyn Bowl 05/10/2017

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Meat Puppets, Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show w/ Special Guest Grant Hart Brooklyn Bowl - 05/10/2017 Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks In 1985 label mates at SST Records embarked on the road in what was dubbed "The Tour" and it featured the likes of Husker Du, the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, and SWA. Fast forward to 2017 and we have some of the ol' gang hitting the road together again as The Meat Puppets have embarked on 'The Tour Tour Two' co-headlining dates ... Read More

Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 feat. Dope, Combichrist, Davey Suicide, and September Mourning 4/8/2017

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      As if the desert couldn't get any hotter, Saturday night in Mesa proved everyone wrong when the Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 came to town at Club Red Mesa. While it may seem that the venue is small, the walls are only there to protect music lovers from all ages from the soaring temps and searing sun of the Valley of the Sun. There is no shortage of butts in the seats when a tour like this comes to town. For ... Read More